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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of floral and grassy hops along a light amount of bitterness and some faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 1 pt. bottle (bbd 7/17/14) into a nonic pint glass, pours a copper amber color with a huge fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: light smell of pine and citrus hops, caramel malt

T: heavy hops up front with plenty of malt sweetness to balance, honey, citrus

M: perfect carbonation, full bodied yet refreshing, lasting pleasant aftertase

O: a fantastic English IPA, more subtle than American versions yet perfectly balanced, malt isn't overpowered by hops

Photo of mmarv74
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Before 19 Nov 14

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass that also includes a few larger bubbles. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with just a touch of light fruit sweetness (touch of apple and pear). That is followed by moderate aromas of floral and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear). That is followed by an earthy herbal and floral hop flavor. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a touch of crispness. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Fairly easy to drink with a smoothness that makes it rather refreshing. A nice example of an English IPA which has classic English hop aromas/flavors and it is not overly aggressive.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 9/17/2014. Pours fairly clear golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, citrus rind, lemon zest, bread, honey, caramel, floral, grass, and light piney spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop/malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness. Fair amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of hop/malt flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a yellowy orange colour, slightly hazy with a white head. Slight lacing.

Smells good, nicely hoppy and refreshing.

Tastes nice and hoppy too, but not overly. Just a slight tang to remind you this is an IPA.

Overall a bloody nice beer!

Photo of triskadekaphobia
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JacketIPA
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

17 JUL 14 marked on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber body with great clarity noted and a well-sized, near white crown of suds.

Smell: Floral and biscuit scents, mainly, but also some hints of fruit and herb.

Taste: Light biscuit flavor from the soft, gentle maltiness mixed with fresh flower petals, minute citrus, and earthy herbs. Medium degree of bitterness. Some very light touches of golden syrup pushing forth on the back half. Dry, floral, reasonably bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium-plus carbonation (barely).

Overall: It's just a nice, refreshing beer.

Photo of Maiacetus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British Beer Company in Westford, Massachusetts on May 12, 2012. It pours medium amber in tone with a long, lasting head and excellent clarity. The aroma emits an array of sweet caramel malts and yeast. The hops are far more subtle than I expected. The body is smooth and creamy with a medium texture. The taste has a dark mild character to it with decent malty sweetness but then the hops jump forward at the very end to balance it all off. A classic English IPA.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I knew of Ba I got this and didn't particular like it.

Then I discovered Ba and also started wondering why I didnae

after all it is BC'd
it's brewed by Fullers
and it's an IPA

Let's go

lovely honey roast body slight big bubbles but BC doesn't give the best head lol

Citrus on the nose a bit of a lemon washing up liquid smell.

Refreshing and much better than I remember
starting with a biscuity body with a slight caramel touch veering towards a bitter edge then warming with hops and yeasty bitterness.

Nice light touch on the mouthfeel and nice carb.

Glad I revisited this brew must have got a bad batch last time

Photo of Richie71
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of galluch
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

81st Review
Bottle to pint glass
Enjoy by: April 2013

Enjoyed this 500mL bottle on Christmas Day while visiting London. Thank you Michael for this nice beer.

A: Flashy golden. Frothy single (off white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Hops, pine, medium roasted malt, more hops (floral notes this time though).

T: Sweet malt and very enjoyable balance of a wide variety of hop characteristics with a smooth, inviting bitter finish. Hint of spice near the end as well - nice.

M: Medium body with soft/medium carbonation.

O: A very well oriented bottle conditioned IPA. Reminds me of a classic (USA) West Coast IPA, but with a nice English twist. I'd like to try this on-draft at some point and compare notes.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle at Sainsbury's tonight. I was really excited to try this one because I am a huge Fuller's fan.

A- Beautiful golden color with a thick, creamy white head that has ridiculous retention and a powerful amount of lacing. This head is really what sold me on the appearance of this beer. One of the most impressive looking I have seen in a long time.

S- Light citrusy notes up front, with a discernable bit of sweet malt characteristics mixed in with a clean spicy finish. Not overly impressive, but it does have it's enjoyable aspects.

T- Much like the aroma. Some fruity hops characteristics (some citrus / orange zest and a little apricot). There is also some sweet malt flavor. This beer is consistent with the style, with a clean, bitter, earthy / spicy hop aftertaste closing off the taste and leaving a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

M- Smooth and creamy. Really wonderful. The mouthfeel is the most impressive and outstanding attribute of this beer.

O- A solid offering. Good example of an English IPA. I was impressed with the beer and would love to have it again.

Photo of crnipeter
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never understood the idea behind bottle conditioned IPAs: the secondary fermentation in the bottle is supposed to be engine of the taste evolution and requires aging while on the other hand, aging adversely affects the hops which are the IPA's essence.

Pours clear pale amber with orangeish tint and off-white dense head that holds very well and forms firm laces on the walls.
Aroma is fruity (pineapple, mango, nectarine) with caramel-toasty malts, earthy-floral hops and evident sulfury notes.
Nearly medium bodied, well carbonated and foamy on the palate this smoothly drinking beer has malts and hops so well balanced it's almost bland, with minerally-sulfury finish and mild bitterness lacking any harshness in the aftertaste. The absence of harshness and hop-derived astringency is much sought-after but rarely seen quality in IPA and Bengal Lancer should be praised for that.

(Best before 05-17-2013, 500 ml into tulip)

Photo of tenaciousp65
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottled at the Red Lion Fuller's Pub near Westminster Abbey, big ben etc. I prefer this one bottled to cask, (probably just because its closer to the states) something about the crispness of the carbonation makes it finish better. I can definitively see how the IPA has evolved and where it came from. Whether from the cask or bottle conditioned this is a rock solid IPA and probably the closest thing i've found to a session beer since I've gotten here. Like I said before nothing new or creative here just a rock solid IPA that goes down easy for a nice refreshing drink

Photo of Wattsox
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2012.

A - Clear copper body with a relatively small amount of head that dissipates down to virtually no covering, with some lacing and cling.

S - Gentle hop aromas balanced by some malt on the back-end; fairly well balanced on the nose.

T - Similar to the aromas, the hops are the solid frontrunner of the taste, not as much so as American IPAs tend to be, but still out there. There is a good malt balance to temper the hops as well. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that lingers a little while.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp and doesn't linger too long.

O - Overall, an extremely drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear amber pour with quickly fading two finger head and decent lacing. The nose is subtle but really nice. Floral, perfumy hops dominate with hints of herbal tea. The hops are the star of the taste as well. Not overpowering like some American IPA's, but still big. Tangy and herbal with a good amount of tea and citrus as well in the flavor. Just enough sweet malts to give this perfect balance. Smooth just doesn't describe this beer. The bitter hop bite is just bordering being chewy, and there's something unique about the tea flavor in the aftertaste that makes this hugely drinkable. This is hands down my favorite English IPA. Another winner from one of the UK's best breweries!

Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.